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25 Prep Tools from Amazon You Didn’t Know You Needed

Cooking a good meal doesn't have to require loads of time when you have these nifty gadgets on hand.

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Kale razorAmazon / Raw Rutes

Kale Razor

Strip away stems from your leafy greens. Pull each stem through one of the holes and you're done. Yes, it really is that simple. This kale razor does the hard work for you and works for herbs too!

Purchase it here. 

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Avocado food huggersAmazon / Food Huggers

Avocado Food Hugger

We love avocados just as much as everyone else, but sometimes they go bad too quickly. This food hugger is designed to keep your favorite green fruit fresh and tasty. Squeeze a little lemon on top to preserve it even longer.

Purchase it here.

Extra avocado lying around? These tried and true dishes are great ways to use them up.

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Onion chopperAmazon / Mueller Austria

Onion Chopper

There's no use crying over onions, and now you won't have to! This onion chopper gets the job done fast and you won't be teary eyed while you prep for your meal. Plus, you can use it for other veggies.

Purchase it here.

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herb scissorsAmazon / X-Chef

Herb Scissors

Kiss the hours you spent chopping and mincing herbs goodbye. Pull out a pair of these 5 blade scissors to snip your greens into perfect sized green toppers. They're complete with a grip and don't make a mess.

Purchase it here.

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Hamilton Beach 76607 Smooth Touch Can Opener, Black and ChromeAmazon / Hamilton Beach

Smooth Touch Can Opener

Traditional can openers are a hassle, and when you use them, you often risk slicing the side of your finger. Ouch! Instead of digging through drawers looking for your rusted tool, invest in a smooth touch can opener. They're small, so they'll fit in any kitchen. Plus, they're easy to use. Just push the top of the machine and watch as it does the work for you—no first aid kit necessary!

Purchase it here.

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NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves - High Performance Level 5 ProtectionAmazon / NoCry

Cut Resistant Gloves

If you're not stocking up on speciality scissors and other chopping products, you should absolutely make room in your cabinets for one specialty item. Protect your hands when you're busy chopping away. These gloves ensure that your new knife set doesn't send you to the ER.

Purchase it here.

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Dough & Bowl Scrapers Set of 2Amazon / Baker Boutique

Dough Cutters

These multipurpose dough cutters will pay for themselves in no time. Not only will they chop your dough into perfectly proportioned chunks, they kneed dough, scrape bowls and swirl pretty patterns across cakes.

Purchase it here.

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Health Smart Granite Mortar and PestleAmazon / HealthSmart

Mortar and Pestle

Whether you've been itching to make fresh guacamole or your grandmother's spice blend never seems to turn out quite right, snagging a mortar and pestle like this one may just be the solution. The petite granite bowls are not exclusive to Mexican restaurants, and can be an asset to any kitchen. They're affordable too!

Purchase it here.

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Mandoline SlicerAmazon / Braviloni

Potato Slicer

We are obsessed with this product! Slice burger toppings, prepare potatoes to make homemade chips or even make slithers of veggies for zoodles, all with one compact tool. It's easy to use and the attached container keeps your counters spotless. Plus, the food grip protects your hands from the blades.

Purchase it here.

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cherry pitterAmazon / Progressive

Cherry Pitter

Make pitting cherries a breeze with this nifty gadget. You can pit up to four cherries at a time. Bonus: this tool is dishwasher safe and BPA free.

Purchase it here.

Craving fresh cherries? Send your tastebuds to heaven with 32 fresh cherry recipes. You're guaranteed to find one you love. 

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RSVP Tearless Pink Kitchen Onion GogglesAmazon / RSVP International

Onion Goggles

These light weight onion goggles keep the tears away while you're busy in the kitchen. Once you slide them on, they block the enzymes from your eyes, as they fit snuggly and comfortably with a foam seal.

Purchase it here.

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UberChef Stainless Steel Garlic Press and Peeler SetAmazon / UberChef

Garlic Press and Peeler

Prepping garlic for a dish can quickly turn into a tedious chore, but no one wants to sacrifice flavor. Peel and mince with ease with a stainless steel garlic prep set like this one. It's super sturdy and simple to use. Keep your flavors and save yourself time.

Purchase it here.

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Olive oil sprayerAmazon / GBTRICON

Olive Oil Sprayer

This handy tool may look like a perfume bottle, but it's actually one of the kitchen's best kept secrets. Fill the oil mister with the liquid of your choice, and easily coat pans or glaze a dish. Spreading olive oil has never been easier.

Purchase it here.

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Chefs Heavy Duty Poultry Scissors and Silicone Brush SetAmazon / Silver Armadillo

Poultry Scissors

Slice shells, break bones and cut up chicken with these surprisingly sharp (and just as useful!) poultry scissors. The spring loaded blades are designed for the task, so you don't have to hurt your hands (and your cutlery) trying to cut through meat with regular knives.

Purchase it here.

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Heavy-Gauge Manual Reastaurant Cast Iron Flour Corn Tortilla Press Maker by Smart CookAmazon / Smart Cook

Tortilla Press

Whip up homemade tortillas with this savvy tortilla press. Roll up your dough, place it in the center and push down on the press. Viola— you're on your way to a totally authentic meal.

Purchase it here.

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Vegetable Spiral Slicer With Powerful Suction BaseAmazon / Zalik

Spiralizer

Veggie noodles are one trend that is here to stay. If you find yourself buying premade spirals, or maybe you've never even tried "zoodles," consider purchasing your own spiralizer. This one is great because it's complete with five unique blade styles. 

If you're craving something salty, you can use a spiralizer to make curly fries, too! 

Purchase it here.

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Stuffed Burger PressAmazon / No1Cook

Stuffed Burger Press

Staying in tonight? No need to order out when you can make your own stuffed burgers at home! This burger press will help you save money and can stuff patties with anything you want. Yes, really! Read our how-to guide on whipping up the perfect stuffed patties here.

Purchase it here.

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4 Pack of Reusable Microwave Potato Cooker Potato Pouch Cooker Red Microwave Potato Cooker Bag Perfect Potatoes in Just 4 MinutesAmazon / VANVENE

Potato Pouch

Protect your microwave if you're making potatoes tonight. This potato pouch can fit about four potatoes inside. Just pop it in the microwave and hit start. Plus, it cooks them faster and keeps potato bits from cluttering your microwave.

Purchase it here.

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Mini Food ProcessorAmazon / POSAME

Mini Food Processor

If you need to use a food processor but don't need to grind up what seems like an entire cow, this compact food processor is for you. Its works just as well as your full-sized kitchen staple, but it holds less and takes up less space. Which means less clean up for you!

Purchase it here.

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Spring Chef Stainless Steel Potato Masher with Easy to Use and Clean Wire Head Best for Mashed PotatoesAmazon / Spring Chef

Potato Masher

This potato masher is ideal since it has a long handle, keeping your hands far away from veggies that are oozing steam. The product is also durable, so you won't have to worry about your masher getting, well, mashed.

Purchase it here.

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ChefLand Stainless Steel Pineapple CorerAmazon / ChefLand

Pineapple Corer

Peel, core and slice your sweet, juicy pineapple in one easy step with a pineapple corer. Psst! It works for watermelons too.

Purchase it here.

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1Easylife Stainless Steel Lemon Zester Grater with Channel Knife and Hanging LoopAmazon / 1Easylife

Lemon Zester

When you want to give your dish a little something extra, don't hesitate to reach for a lemon zester. It takes your dish to the next level. Topping any dish off with a little color makes it more beautiful and tasty than it already is.

Purchase it here.

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Yarmoshi Stainless Steel Egg SeparatorAmazon / Yarmoshi

Egg Separator

Even the best chefs struggle to separate eggs. One slip up and you might just have to start over— making the task a real headache. Stress less with this egg separator. Crack the egg into the separator and watch as the egg whites drip out of the bowl in three second.

Purchase it here.

If you find yourself with extra egg whites, don't toss them down the drain! Try one of these amazing dishes instead. 

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QQKO Corn Stripper Thresher Peelers Stainless Steel Corn Stripping Tool Kitchen GadgetAmazon / QQKO

Corn Stripper

If you can't get enough of roasted corn, but aren't necessarily a fan of the cob, you'll want to buy this corn stripper. Run the tool along the cob, kind of like a razor, and the pieces of corn fall off.

Purchase it here.

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Easy KabobAmazon / Easy Kabob

Hot Dog Maker

Fill this kabob skewer with ground meat of your choosing and push down. It molds the meat into the shape of a hot dog while simultaneously skewering it. It's fun, different and perfect for tonight's cookout.

Purchase it here.

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Originally Published on Taste of Home